Highlights

  • Sales up 5.4% to over £3.7bn and underlying profit growth of 11.8% to £695m.
  • Strong net cash generation of £271m before share buybacks of £296m.
  • EPS and ordinary dividend both up 23%; dividend remains covered 2.8 times.
  • Special dividends announced for 2014, 50p paid in February and 50p payable in May.
  • Strategy remains focused on products, profitability and returning cash to shareholders.

Revenue

Underlying continuing business

+5.4%

Profit before tax

Underlying continuing business

+11.8%

Earnings per share

Underlying

+23.0%

Dividends per share

Excluding special dividends

+22.9%

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